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Prospector’s staples: Coffee, tobacco, and a pan for sifting. Tobacco cans were often used as weather-proof containers for posting located mining claims. The paper describing the claim was tucked inside, and nailed to a corner post or tree. We still find them, to this day.


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  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdabout 5 years ago

    Nice find Arla. Nice tones as well

  • Thanks, Davo!
    (I like this one better than the color version.)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • walela
    walelaabout 5 years ago

    Such a fantastic shot!!! I used to sell Prince Albert in my dad’s little grocery store.

  • Did you ever get that phone call … ?
    I remember three brands that the cowboys and miners used: Velvet, Bull Durham (came in a cloth pouch), and Prince Albert. Velvet was the most common.

    Thanks for your kind comments, walela.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • walela
    walelaabout 5 years ago

    Yes, I was asked many times if I had Prince Albert in the can. I always had to let him out.

  • arvyart
    arvyartabout 5 years ago

    This monochrome version is also amazing. Love them both. :)

  • Thanks very much!!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2about 5 years ago

    great find, nice shot and tone :)

  • Thanks, Laura! Greatly appreciated. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Enivea
    Eniveaabout 5 years ago

    Both are wonderful, and thanks for the encouragement too:-))

  • Thank you … and you’re welcome. ;)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 5 years ago

    a wonderful find, well done, dawnxx

  • Thanks a lot, Dawn!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • bigg
    biggabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you, George!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 5 years ago

    this is fabulous,,, my son-in-law is a mining recorder in the Yukon,,,,where exactly was this found!!!

  • Thank you SOOOooo much, Linda!

    These items were all found in, or around the old mining camp of Cherry Creek, Nevada.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsabout 5 years ago

    a lovely composition of shape and tone Arla. congratulations!

  • Thanks a lot, Clare!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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